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Winner of the Audie Awards Audiobook of the Year 2013 and nominated for the Audie Awards Solo Narration of the Year 2013, The End of the Affair is written by British novelist Graham Greene and narrated by British actor Colin Firth. First published in 1951, this evocative novel has been adapted into two films by the same name in 1955 and again in 1999, as well as an opera. Set in London towards the end of World War II, it follows the ending of a love affair between a deeply religious, married woman and a writer at the outset of fame. Available now from Audible.

Summary

Audie Award Winner, Audiobook of the Year, 2013.

Audie Award Nominee, Best Solo Narration, 2013.

Graham Greene's evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house.

Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King's Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release. The End of the Affair, set in London during and just after World War II, is the story of a flourishing love affair between Maurice Bendrix and Sarah Miles. After a violent episode at Maurice's apartment, Sarah suddenly and without explanation breaks off the affair.

This very intimate story about what actually constitutes love is enhanced by Mr. Firth's narration, who said "this book struck me very, very particularly at the time when I read it and I thought my familiarity with it would give the journey a personal slant. I'm grateful for this honor," Firth said when this production was recognized by the Audie Awards as Audiobook of the Year for 2013, "and grateful for the opportunity to narrate one of my favorite stories. A great novel told in the first person makes for the best script an actor could imagine. None better than The End of the Affair.... Theater and film each offer their own challenges and rewards, but narration is a new practice for me and the audiobook performance provides exhilarating possibilities for both actors and listeners. I'm thrilled to be involved in bringing this remarkable work of fiction to a wider audience, and thankful to Audible for offering me the opportunity to perform it and to engage with so many who share my passion for storytelling."

©1951 Graham Greene (P)2015 Audible, Inc

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Wonderful words; beautifully read

I love Graham Greene's writing style and Colin Firth gives a super performance narrating the masterful prose. Great story-telling, I just couldn't quite "buy" the key relationship between Bendrix and Sarah. Can we petition Colin Firth for some more books?

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So good

This book is so cleverly written.
The story is so good.
The final chapters linger in the mind.
This book was written when the English language was so descriptive and not tainted by, dare I say, American influence !

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  • 31-10-16

Depressing story but beautifully performed

Colin Firth does a wonderful job here of telling the story of a man tortured by the loss of his love affair. There is much reference to Catholic guilt as Greene explores his own relationship, troubled as it was, with the Catholic faith.
It was a great listen, if not exactly uplifting.

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Wonderful

This story is brilliantly told and performed. I have issues with the Christian mumbo - jumbo at the centre of this novel. It seems dated now. However, when on form Greene was a consummate novelist with spellbinding storytelling abilities. Firth is the perfect conduit.

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Simply beautiful

Would you consider the audio edition of The End of the Affair to be better than the print version?

Oh yes

What did you like best about this story?

It's a story of love, honest to a point of pain.

Which character – as performed by Colin Firth – was your favourite?

Maurice Bendrix

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes. it made me cry on numerous occasions.

Any additional comments?

Colin Firth's wonderful performance made it all vivid, the emotions raw, the pain unescapable.

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Beautiful

Loved it!! Beautifully read..Colin Firth makes it even more enjoyable..but nevertheless the book is so heartbreaking

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My heart...but also my brain

A fantastic listen, beautiful pros with a narrator who's perfect for the style. would definitely recommend.
Touching and profound in a heartfelt rambling way, rather then pretentious.
loved it

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fantastic

This had me mesmerized, a stand out book and excellently narrated - a must listen

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The beginning of my audio affair

My first listening experience. Wonderfully subtle narration by Colin Firth created the mood of the story and the characters perfectly.

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Slow start

It was a slow story to start with but very addictive towards the end. Brilliant performance from Colin Firth, he could make a telephone book sound exciting!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-01-18

Excellent adaption, Excellent writer.

Well worth downloading. I recommend listening to it at nightime in the dark, gloomy atmosphere of a winter!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-06-17

Excellent

Loved it! Colin Firth was delightful. My favorite thus far! A must buy from Audible.

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Much too obsessed with God

The narrator was exceptionally good!
Too much hesitation btw compulsory faith and disbelief ín God

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  • taryn
  • 23-01-16

excellent rendition o

I liked Collin firth's rendition of this story. such a wonderful read about relationships. he characterised the protagonists well

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  • fathimath
  • 16-07-15

Loved it!

Beautiful narration by Colin Firth. Fell asleep to his voice a couple of times even. This is my first time listening to an audio book as well as to this story, and i must admit, it was a sensational experience! 5*!